Forum: Growing Farm Friendly Communities

How to create municipal agricultural commissions & other tools to support farms in your town

Thursday January 18th, 9-11a

Windham Town Hall, 8 School Street, Windham Maine

Co-Hosted by GrowSmart Maine & Maine Farmland Trust

Online & credit card pre-registration closes 4p Tuesday 1/16. Registration by cash or check is available at the event starting at 9a, space permitting.

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together.

Maine’s food system and local food movement are growing and provide unique economic and community development opportunities in rural and suburban areas. Attendees will come away knowing how to enable their community to work together with current and future farmers to protect and build on Maine’s agricultural heritage and potential. Join our six expert presenters to learn how you and your hometown can welcome and retain small agricultural businesses.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&A and networking.


  • Bud Benson, Town Planner, Town of Standish
  • Mark Hews, President, M. E. Hews and Company, LLC
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham
  • Kate Newkirk, Co-Chair, Town of Winslow Agriculture Commission
  • Matt Randall, Agricultural Compliance Supervisor, DACF


9:00-9:15a Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast

9:15-10:45a Panel Presentations, Moderated Panel Discussion, and Audience Question & Answer

10:45a-11:00p Networking


  • Maine Farmland Trust & GrowSmart Maine Members: $15
  • General Public: $25

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